“Showin’ Some Love!”

trayvonHappy Hump Day, y’all!

Once again, thanks to the love of the Universe and the Creator, we are here another mid-week to carry on with our gifts of life! Thank you! Yesterday would have been Trayvon Martin’s 18th birthday … RIP … and later this month will mark the fatal shooting of this young man by a community neighborhood watchman/vigilante. Also, it was the court date for the defense attorney’s plea to extend his preparation time for the trial that Zimmerman will inevitably face.

In the rays of Black History Month, we also find the date of the conviction of “Beckwith”, the white supremacist who shot Evers the civil rights worker in the back, falling on the same day as Trayvon’s birthday. While I was not aware of the vastness of the commemoration of Trayvon’s assassination, there are multiple events taking place in his hometown of Miami Gardens, his father’s home in Sanford, FL as well as a larger all day commemoration event in Miami with food, festivities and admission … all free … to honor the life of the teenager whose life was literally snuffed out before he (Trayvon) had a chance to begin it. When I was 17, I was graduating from boarding school due to the love that many many people had shown me, both black and white, and was entering an institution for my university studies upon receiving a scholarship and helpful work/study program. Trayvon never had that chance … peace be still.

So, in your hearts, along with the judge’s refusal to grant the defense more time, may we remember our young men – black and white – and teach them and each other the true meaning of life.

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes


John I. Cook, Director

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